OFA is fighting for a better bargain for the middle class.


A strong economy starts with a strong middle class. But for too long, increasing inequality and decreasing economic mobility have posed a fundamental threat to the basic bargain of America: that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can build a better life for you and your family.

Some members of Congress continue to advance an agenda that threatens the basic economic security of hard-working middle class families. Their policies would topple the ladders of economic mobility instead of building more.

A budget is more than just an economic blueprint. It's an outline of priorities and values. Many of the issues that Organizing for Action supporters care most about are economic issues. Collectively, they speak to the promise of economic opportunity that’s at the heart of the American dream.


OFA is fighting to make sure that every man, woman, and child in this country has a fair shot at the American Dream, that anyone who is willing to work hard and plays by the rules can build a better life for themselves and their families. Our economy is bouncing back from the worst recession since the Great Depression—under President Obama, we’ve now seen nearly four straight years of job growth, including the addition of more than 9 million private sector jobs. Small businesses are the engine of that job growth, and essential to the continued economic recovery. We need an economy that is built to last, where everyone who is willing to work hard is able to find a good job that provides economic security.


Nobody should go broke just because they get sick. Health insurance is key to economic security, and the Affordable Care Act gives millions of hard-working, middle class families access to affordable health insurance—many for the first time. Health care reform also helps our nation’s bottom-line. The Congressional Budget Office previously estimated that the Affordable Care Act will reduce the deficit by $1.7 trillion over two decades.

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Few issues could have a greater economic impact than immigration reform. The bipartisan bill passed by the Senate would create more than 3.2 million new jobs and reduce the deficit by over $800 billion over the next two decades. Every day the House of Representatives fails to act on comprehensive reform, our economy loses another $37 million.

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Clean energy can create the jobs of the future here in America, and reducing carbon pollution will lessen the impact that extreme weather associated with climate change has on communities and businesses. While some in Congress continue to deny the basic science of climate change—despite the consensus of 97% of climate scientists—the country is moving forward, taking action to protect our families and our homes today and in the future. Over the past five years, we’ve shown that we can cut carbon pollution and grow the economy at the same time.

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In October of 2013, a group of Tea Party Republicans in the House of Representatives forced a government shutdown in a failed attempt to derail Obamacare. While a minority in Congress was all talk, OFA was all action—and after 16 days, lawmakers bowed to pressure and reopened the government. Because millions of Americans made their voices heard, the leaders responsible for this shutdown aren’t likely to let it happen again anytime soon.

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